Out of Sight

{4.5/5} “It’s like seeing someone for the first time, like you could be passing on the street, and you look at each other for a few seconds, and there’s this kind of a recognition like you both know something. The next moment the person’s gone, and it’s too late to do anything about it. And you always remember it because it was there and you let it go. And you think to yourself, ‘What if I had stopped, what if I had said something? What if, what if?’ It may only happen a few times in your life… or once.”

Jack robs a bank with ease but then gets caught when his getaway car won’t start. When some inmates dig a tunnel to get out of jail he uses the situation to get out himself. Karen is a US marshal who is coincidentally at the jail when Jack escapes. He and his friend Buddy kidnap Karen. While Karen an Jack are in the truck of a car together, they have an interesting conversation. Later they both wonder what could have happened between them if circumstances were different.

Out of Sight was released in 1998.

If you want to watch a serious movie about bank robbers, watch The Town. If you want to watch a fun movie about bank robbers, watch this one.

If you missed this movie when it came out, like I did, now’s the time to watch it. It’s very funny.

It has a similar tone to the Ocean’s Eleven movies, but with fewer characters.

The playful music is by David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven). The song at the beginning and end is “It’s Your Thing” by the Isley Brothers.

George Clooney (Gravity) plays Jack and Jennifer Lopez (Selena) plays Karen.

Catherine Keener (A Late Quartet) plays Jack’s ex-wife Adele and Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible) plays Jack’s friend Buddy. Don Cheadle (Iron Man 3) plays a dangerous inmate, Dennis Farina (the TV show Law & Order) plays Karen’s dad, and Steve Zahn (Reality Bites) plays a friend of Jack’s. There are also a couple of great cameos.*

The movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects).

Spoiler alert

*Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson

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